Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashDemocrats defend Afghan withdrawal amid Taliban advance Vietnam shadow hangs over Biden decision on Afghanistan Kamala Harris and our shameless politics MORE (Mich.), who announced last week that he was leaving the GOP to become an independent, said Sunday that "high-level" Republican officials have thanked him for his support of impeachment proceedings against President TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Interior returns BLM HQ to Washington France pulls ambassadors to US, Australia in protest of submarine deal MORE.
Amash, who had been the only GOP member of Congress to support impeachment proceedings against the president, made the comments while appearing on CNN's "State of the Union."
Asked by host Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - DC prepares for Saturday of festivals & Jan. 6 demonstration Overnight Health Care — Nicki Minaj stokes uproar over vaccines Fauci responds to Nicki Minaj's vaccine worries MORE what he's been hearing privately from Republicans following his decision to leave the party, Amash said people have texted and called him to say "thank you for what you’re doing."
"When I was discussing impeachment, I had fellow colleagues and other Republicans, high-level officials, contacting me, saying, 'Thank you for what you’re doing,'" he added. "So there are lots of Republicans out there who are saying these things privately, but there not saying it publicly, and I think that’s a problem for our country."
Rep. Amash on the responses from fellow Republicans: “There are lots of Republicans out there who are saying ... things privately, but they’re not saying it publicly. And I think that’s a problem for our country ... the Republican Party [and] the Democratic Party” #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/sD0CbNOx89— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) July 7, 2019
"It’s a problem for the Republican Party, it’s a problem for the Democratic Party when people aren’t allowed to speak out. So I think we really need the American people to stand up and say, 'Hey. Enough is enough. We’ve had it with these two parties trying to ram their partisan nonsense down our throats.'"
Amash announced he was leaving the Republican Party in an op-ed published in The Washington Post on Independence Day.
"Today, I am declaring my independence and leaving the Republican Party," Amash wrote. "No matter your circumstance, I’m asking you to join me in rejecting the partisan loyalties and rhetoric that divide and dehumanize us. I’m asking you to believe that we can do better than this two-party system — and to work toward it. If we continue to take America for granted, we will lose it."